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The SIH Cancer Institute and SIH Foundation joined with nearly 250 cancer survivors, friends and families in a celebration of life event at Rent One Park in Marion on July 8. The collaboration with the Southern Illinois Miners baseball team was part of the “Cancer is Personal” game. The afternoon featured a survivors parade and balloon release, as well as the opportunity to watch the game from the Diamond Club.

The annual commemoration exists to acknowledge survivors and raise awareness of the ongoing challenges patients face because of the disease and — most importantly — to celebrate life. The celebrations serve as a call to action to increase quality of life by addressing the unique physical, emotional, financial and social burdens they face.

1. Amanda McGee of Carterville with Barbara Patten of Crainville

2. Audrina Sloan of Carterville, Sophia Badiu of Carterville and Reatha Hahn of Carterville

3. Barbara Patten of Crainville and Nicole Todd of Carbondale

4. Brenda and Dan Finke of Carterville

5. Celeste Williams and Tinna Sprague, both of Anna and Marlee Dunbar of Carbondale

6. Jennifer and Ed Vinyard of Eldorado

7. Jerry, Krystal and Rebecca Kill, all of Creal Springs

8. Jodi Martin and Shanna Higgerson, both of Pinckneyville with Heather Wayer of Tamaroa

9. Leigh Bedokis-Gusta of Carterville with Genelle Bedokis of Herrin

10. Marilyn McClellan of Marion and Carla Hovis of Marion

11. Marsha Shadowens of Marion with Katrena Sims of Ewing

12. Mindy Zimmerman and Lora Edmonds, both of Carbondale

13. Pamela Sullens of Carterville

14. Sandra and Don Snoddy of Stonefort

15. Scott and Melissa Luttenbacher of Carterville

16. Sheila Parmer and Darlene Hicks, both of De Soto

17. Sherron Nance of Carterville with Glenda McDaniel and Prudy Rushing, both of Carbondale

18. Todd and Lisa Lindsay with Lisa and Ken Stone, all of Herrin with Tammy and Jim Smith of Marion

19. Vernon and Janice Akin, Tim and Cathy Riley with Mike and Florence Ponder, all of Marion

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